Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks to Host 58th Academy of Country Music Awards Streaming Exclusively on Prime Video May 11

The Academy of Country Music, Prime Video, and Dick Clark Productions March 29 announced that Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks will host the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards on May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT, and streaming live exclusively on Prime Video from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. The event will not be televised.

The annual event honors country music’s biggest stars and emerging talent. The full rebroadcast of the ceremony and performances will stream the next day for free on ad-supported Amazon Freevee.

The event marks the first time Brooks will take the stage to host an awards show, coming ahead of his Las Vegas residency and off the heels of his world tour, which sold more than 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history. It’s the second consecutive year that the show will be hosted by Parton and follows her recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“Anyone with Dolly Parton makes a fantastic couple,” Brooks said in a statement.

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Established in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards is the longest-running country music awards show and made history in 2022 as the first major awards ceremony to exclusively livestream, in partnership with Prime Video. This year’s show marks its return to Texas since the landmark 50th ACM Awards, which broke a Guinness World Record in 2015 for being the most-attended awards show with more than 70,000 attendees at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“As we bring back the Emmy-nominated Academy of Country Music Awards to our global audience, we are thrilled to continue to showcase an unforgettable night of live entertainment experiences with Dolly and Garth at the helm of ‘Country Music’s Party of the Year,'” added Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. 

The 58th ACM Awards nominees, performers, and presenters for this year’s show will be announced in the coming weeks.

‘Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On’ Travels to DVD May 5 from Lionsgate

Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On arrives on DVD May 5 from Lionsgate.

The documentary offers an intimate look at the moments that have defined the country star’s life and career. Following the Grammy Award winner both in his hometown and on tour, Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On explores his rise to fame and some of his personal struggles along the way. It also features in-depth interviews with Brooks, singers Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, as well as commentary from artists George Strait, Billy Joel and James Taylor, among others.

The documentary comes from the A&E Biography franchise.

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Music Films ‘Martin Barre’ and ‘Bluebird,’ Biopic ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’ Available on Disc From MVD and Cleopatra

Two music films, Martin Barre — Live in NYC and Bluebird, and a biopic on artist L.S. Lowry are just out on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull, one of the biggest selling bands of all time, brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert in Martin Barre — Live in NYC. Available on DVD with two audio CDs of the entire concert, the deluxe collector’s edition comes in an eight-panel digipak. The titles covers his solo band live as they rock through the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era.

Bluebird, available on Blu-ray and DVD, chronicles the origins of megastars such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. Its 35-year history is revealed through never-before-told stories from those that have worked, played, been discovered and helped preserve this unassuming strip-mall haunt. The film, an official selection at SXSW (2019), the Nashville Film Festival (2019) and the Newport Beach Film Festival (2019),  features interviews with Swift, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Faith Hill, Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill along with the stars of the hit TV series “Nashville.”

Mrs. Lowry & Son, available on DVD, chronicles the life of British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), who lived all his life with his overbearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave). Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.